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School of Dentistry Raises $90,000 to Help Underserved Children

July  19, 2007

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry raised more than $90,000 during its annual Kids in the Klinic Golf Classic at The Olympic Club on July 16. Nearly 150 people participated in the tournament, auction and dinner to raise funds for the Kids in the Klinic endowment, which provides much- needed dental care to underserved children in the Bay Area and Central Valley.

Each year, Pacific's Hutto Patterson Pediatric Clinic delivers $800,000 in dental care at substantially reduced prices to children who could not otherwise afford it. Dental decay is one of the most common infectious diseases among children and more than 50 percent of California children have untreated tooth decay. Funds from the Kids in the Klinic endowment cover treatment for dental restorations, cleft lip and palate, orthodontics and preventive dental education.

"I am proud and appreciative that Kids in the Klinic continues to draw the enthusiastic participation of so many generous alumni and friends," said Steve Mollinelli, 2007 chair of the Kids in the Klinic Committee. "Dean Emeritus Art Dugoni set a goal of extending access to care to all children in the Bay Area. Thanks to the support from our volunteers and sponsors, we are well on our way to achieving that goal."

Several corporate sponsors contributed to the fundraising event, including Invisalign®, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network®, Mitchell & Mitchell, Courtside Club, Delta Dental, Tiret & Company CPAs, Carroll & Company, Matsco®, Professional Practice Capital, Comerica Bank, First National Bank, Health Professionals Insurance Services, Patterson Dental, Dan Tanita, The Redwoods Group, Carl Riccoboni and LaTour Vineyards.

Pacific alumna Dr. Susan Bittner founded the Kids in the Klinic Golf Classic in 1997 to raise money for the Kids in the Klinic endowment. Today, the endowment is on its way to raising $2 million.

Category Type: Special Events

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu